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Pasta Salad + Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea

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November is here and the holidays are approaching quicker than ever. This month I am participating in NaNoWriMo, drinking copious amounts of homemade lattes to keep the brain functioning at full capacity. Nevertheless, I’m enjoying every minute of it and all the new wonderful writers I have met. Truly amazing to see all the writes come together, supporting and cheering each other on.
Today, I wanted to share one of my favorite pasta salad recipes that would be awesome for all you NaNo peeps. Super easy to whip up and just grab a bowl when the munchies strike so that you can keep on writing.

Pasta Salad



Pasta Salad

1 pound of Pasta (Rotini or other favorite)

2 Bushels of Broccoli

1 Green Pepper

1 Red Pepper

2 Bushels Green Onions

1 jar Baby Corn

1 small can of black olives

8 oz package of sharp cheddar

8 oz bottle of Zesty Italian Dressing

1 tsp Salt

Boil the pasta al dente, according to package directions. While pasta is boiling, chop up all the veggies after thoroughly washing. Discarding the broccoli stalks.
Open your jar of baby cut them into bite sized pieces. Dice up your sharp cheddar cheese.
When your pasta has about one minute left to cook, throw your broccoli in the pot. It really brings out the green and is wonderful when just a tad cooked.
Rinse pasta and brccoli under cold water or drain and chill in the refrigerator depending on how much time you have.
Now it’s just a matter of grabbing a nice big bowl and combining the pasta with broccoli, salt, peppers, onions, corn, olives, cheese & dressing. Stir and eat! Mmm So good.
If your a meat eater, I have found that Summer Sausage goes nicely with this dish. Just dice some up and throw it in!

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

Read a great book over the Halloween holiday “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” by April Genevieve Tucholke from the new Between series. Loved this book and gave it 4/5 stars.
You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…

Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town… until River West comes along. River rents the guest house behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard.

Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more?

Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery… who makes you want to kiss back.

Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.

Blending faded decadence and the thrilling dread of gothic horror, April Genevieve Tucholke weaves a dreamy, twisting contemporary romance, as gorgeously told as it is terrifying—a debut to watch.

Enjoyed Violet and eventually even came to like River (he kinda grew on me in a creepy sort of way). If your looking for a gothic and spooky read, pick this one up. Looking forward to Between the Spark and Burn due out in 2014. Bought the iPad version but the cover is so gorgeous that I wish I would have picked up the hardcover.

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